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Essex County to join anti-invasive movement

Essex County Board of Supervisors

Essex County Board of Supervisors Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Essex County is joining with its neighbors to keep invasive plant species out of Lake George.

The Personnel Committee passed a resolution April 15 in support of the Warren County resolution calling for a ban on the transportation of invasive species in Lake George, while County Attorney Daniel Manning said he will start working on an Essex County version of a local law that would do the same.

“This is a huge problem that needs to be addressed in our lakes and waterways,” Manning said. “This will show that we are looking at ways to solve the problem between Essex, Washington and Warren counties and it also will put some pressure on the state to act with some statewide legislation.”

Manning said that the local law would be geared toward the efforts taking place on Lake George to prevent the spread of invasives.

“We have a small part of Lake George that is in the county,” Manning said. “It would be a massive undertaking to try and do this with all of our lakes, especially Lake Champlain when you are talking about working with Quebec and the Vermont counties that are along the lakeshore.”

Manning said that he did have some concerns on the potential law, including the enforcement procedures, but that the intent of the measure was sound.

“I think that this is a good idea and it should be done so we can begin the process of trying to protect our lakes and waterways,” he said.

“I absolutely support anything that we can do through this board to support this effort,” Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney said. “One of the state washing stations will be going in Ticonderoga. It is a clean drain and dry program.”

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